What is it about?
Since the turn of the millennium, a small but growing stream of the entrepreneurship literature has drawn attention to how a large proportion of entrepreneurs start-up their enterprises operating in the hidden economy on a wholly or partially off-the-books basis. This paper evaluates critically the assumption that these hidden entrepreneurs are engaged in commercial entrepreneurship.
Why is it important?
Reporting evidence from a 2002–2003 survey involving interviews with 28 early-stage entrepreneurs operating in the hidden economy in English rural localities, the finding is that hidden entrepreneurs range from rational economic actors pursuing a purely commercial goal through to purely social entrepreneurs pursuing solely social logics, with the majority somewhere in-between combining both commercial and social goals. The outcome is a call to begin mapping the heterogeneous logics of hidden entrepreneurs in different contexts.
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This page is a summary of: Re-reading entrepreneurship in the hidden economy: commercial or social entrepreneurs?, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, January 2011, Inderscience Publishers, DOI: 10.1504/ijesb.2011.043469.
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